In news just in, Natalie Hutchins has been appointed Victoria’s Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence.

She steps into the role following the passing of Fiona Richardson MP.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “I decided who could best take on Fiona’s responsibilities in Cabinet and carry on her great legacy. That person is @nathutchins”

He went on to say she’s, “As tough as they come.”

Natalie has served in the Andrews Ministry since December 2014.

She was the first woman elected Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council and was a senior advisor to former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks.


Statement From The Premier

13th Sep 2017

Natalie Hutchins has been appointed as the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence.

Ms Hutchins has been a fierce advocate for gender equality and is a longstanding member of the Government’s Family Violence Cabinet Committee.

She will honour the legacy of the late Fiona Richardson by helping implement every recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in full.

As Minister, Ms Hutchins has led the fight for equal pay for women, delivered family violence leave for the Victorian Public Service and overseen the highest number of female councillors in local government ever.

There is no one better to follow Ms Richardson, Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, who helped fundamentally change Victoria for the better and save the lives of so many women and children.

Ms Hutchins will continue as Minister for Industrial Relations and Aboriginal Affairs.

Marlene Kairouz has been appointed as Minister for Local Government, in addition to her Ministerial responsibilities for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation.

Ms Kairouz has cracked down on underquoting by real estate agents making it fairer for home buyers, while introducing legislation to help long-term renters get a better deal.

She will bring this passion to her new portfolio, holding local councils to account and ensuring ratepayers get a fair go.


That’s the info you can find out from a google search.

This is Engaging Women, and our readers have come to expect some fun facts, so here goes:


I’ve known Natalie Maree Hutchins for decades, we’ve celebrated 16ths, graduations, marriages, births and the not so cheery milestones life can often throw at you.

Through these years I’ve watched a passionate human carve out the career she dreamt of as a teen.

Google won’t tell you this, but Natalie can nail a fantastic dance routine and has done so on many occasion.

She has a long-standing passion when it comes to the rights of women and children, gender equality and eradicating family violence. She isn’t afraid to speak out against the status quo.

And that’s what this issue needs.

We cannot continue the way we have as a society, whether it be family violence, sexual violence, discriminatory behaviour in schools, the time has come to call it out as a society and push back.

No means no.

It was terrific to have Natalie attend the City of Melbourne’s ‘Diversity’ panel which Engaging Women facilitated last week.

She has big shoes to fill, but there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll work hard towards reform.

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